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Netflix's on-demand countdown lets you trick kids on New Year's Eve

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 11:00:12-05

Sleepy parents will bring a new meaning to the term "Netflix and chill" on New Year's Eve.

The streaming video service is bringing back an on-demand New Year's Eve countdown that allows users to celebrate the holiday earlier than midnight.

Netflix's 2016 New Year's Eve countdown comes in six different varieties, each featuring different characters from kid-oriented programs. The Care Bears, Inspector Gadget, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, King Julien, "Puffin Rock" characters and the girls from "Project MC²" will each be featured in separate countdown videos that can be streamed any time starting Dec. 30.

According to a press release, Netflix's research found that 58 percent of parents around the world would enjoy putting their kids to bed before midnight on New Year's Eve. Nearly half of the parents they surveyed in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia said they would play an on-demand countdown by 9 p.m.

Netflix introduced its on-demand New Year's Eve countdown in 2014.

 

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.